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PREMIER: a proposed satellite mission to observe processes controlling atmospheric composition in the height range most important to climate

Brian Kerridge(1), Neils Bormann(2), Anu Dudhia(3), Richard Engelen(2), Patrick Eriksson(4), Herbert Fischer(5), Piers Forster(6), Daniel Gerber(1), Lars Hoffmann(7), Michael Hoepfner(5), Paul Konopka(8), Barry Latter(1), Alexandru Lupu(9), Georgina Miles(1), John McConnell(9), Donal Murtagh(4), Lory Neary(9), Paul Palmer(10), Jolyon Reburn(1), Martin Riese(7), Kiril Semeniuk(9), Richard Siddans(1), Joachim Urban(4) and Alison Waterfall(1)

(1) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom
(2) ECMWF, , , United Kingdom
(3) University of Oxford, , , United Kingdom
(4) Chalmers University of Technology, , , Sweden
(5) IMK, , , Germany
(6) University of Leeds, , , United Kingdom
(7) Forschungszentrum Julich, , , Germany
(8) Forschungszentrum Julich, , , United Kingdom
(9) York University, , , Canada
(10) University of Edinburgh, , , United Kingdom


The PREMIER (PRocess Exploration through Measurements of Infrared and millimetre-wave Emitted Radiation) mission is one of three candidates for ESA’s 7th Earth Explorer Core Mission (due for launch in 2016) that have recently been approved for Phase A study. The mission proposes to make detailed measurements in the mid/upper troposphere and lower stratosphere in order to quantify processes controlling atmospheric global composition in this height range of particular importance to climate. PREMIER would consist of an infrared limb imaging spectrometer which would observe 3D fields of trace gases, alongside a millimetre-wave limb sounder which would enable observations in the presence of most cirrus clouds, and also provide complementary trace gases. In addition, co-located data from EPS-MetOp would be combined with that from PREMIER, to extend the scientific impact of PREMIER down into the lower troposphere, to explore links to surface emissions and pollution. In this presentation, the PREMIER mission concept will be introduced and initial simulations of its capabilities will be described.


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